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Post by icarectr on Sun 12 Aug 2012, 2:16 am

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Hi.
I am trying to recover an XP Media Ctr 2005 box of my mother's so that my daughter can get some use out of it while XP is still supported. It obviously has an axel... issue, and I believe that may have caused the Recovery / drive to fill up, as I keep getting the Low Disk Space message. Disc Cleanup is of no help, as there are 0 KB of only 2 files shown that could be cleaned, and I'm not knowledgeable enough to mess with 's hidden files. To this end the box's cooling fans are almost always pegged (high/loud) due, I believe, to the logjam of axel... file(s).

I know this is an older malware issue [it's an older machine, like me : ) ] but I'm sure you can probably advise me in short order. It's a problem that plagued my mom's use of this box for years, and now I've inherited it. I'd like NOT to pass it on to my daughter.

Thank you in advance for any hair-pulling you can save me!!!! I'll look forward to your reply.

Notepad Log(s) follow:

EDIT: Submitting my post w/ both logs get yields website message "The posted message is too long." so I'll post logs seperately under same topic title.



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Solved Re: axel.dav, full :D drive, high fan speeds

Post by DragonMaster Jay on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 5:33 am

Hi! Your logs appear to be clean. If there are no more issues, then we shall clean up!

Clean up System Restore

Now, to get you off to a clean start, we will be creating a new Restore Point, then clearing the old ones to make sure you do not get reinfected, in case you need to "restore back."
  • Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System tools > System Restore.
  • On the dialogue box that appears select Create a Restore Point
  • Click NEXT
  • Enter a name e.g. Clean
  • Click CREATE

You now have a clean restore point, to get rid of the bad ones:
  • Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System tools > Disk Cleanup.
  • In the Drop down box that appears select your main drive e.g. C
  • Click OK
  • The System will do some calculation and the display a dialogue box with TABS
  • Select the More Options Tab.
  • At the bottom will be a system restore box with a CLEANUP button click this
  • Accept the Warning and select OK again, the program will close and you are done


Run OTC to remove our tools

To remove all of the tools we used and the files and folders they created, please do the following:
Please download OTC.exe by OldTimer:
  • Save it to your Desktop.
  • Double click OTC.exe.
  • Click the CleanUp! button.
  • If you are prompted to Reboot during the cleanup, select Yes.
  • The tool will delete itself once it finishes.

Note: If any tool, file or folder (belonging to the program we have used) hasn't been deleted, please delete it manually.

Purge old temporary files

Download CCleaner Slim and save it to your Desktop - Alternate download link

When the file has been saved, go to your Desktop and double-click on ccsetupxxx_slim.exe
Follow the prompts to install the program.

* Double-click the CCleaner shortcut on the desktop to start the program.
* Click on the Options block on the left, then choose Cookies.
* Under Cookies to Delete, highlight any cookies you would like to retain permanently
* Click the right arrow > to move them to the Cookies to Keep window.
* Go into Options > Advanced & uncheck Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 hours
* Click Cleaner on the left then Run Cleaner on the right to run the program.
* Important: Make sure that ALL browser windows are closed before selecting Run Cleaner

Caution: Only use the Registry feature if you are very familiar with the registry.
Always back up your registry before making any changes. Exit CCleaner after it has completed it's process.

Security Check

Please download Security Check by screen317 from SpywareInfoforum.org or Changelog.fr.
  • Save it to your Desktop.
  • Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.


Tell me in your next reply, if you have completed these tasks:
  • Cleaned System Restore
  • Ran OTC
  • Ran CCleaner
  • Ran Security Check

Also, let me know how your computer is running, and don't forget to post the contents of the Security Check log.


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Solved Re: axel.dav, full :D drive, high fan speeds

Post by icarectr on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 10:38 am

Cleaned old restore points. Ran OTC, CCleaner, and Security Chk. Log below.

Cooling fan still running high.

Should I try System Recovery now?


Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.46
Windows XP Service Pack 2 x86
Out of date service pack!!
Internet Explorer 6 Out of date!
``````````````Antivirus/Firewall Check:``````````````
Windows Security Center service is not running! This report may not be accurate!
Windows Firewall Disabled!
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Antivirus up to date!
`````````Anti-malware/Other Utilities Check:`````````
CCleaner
Adobe Reader 7 Adobe Reader out of Date!
````````Process Check: objlist.exe by Laurent````````
CheckPoint ZoneAlarm vsmon.exe
CheckPoint ZoneAlarm zatray.exe
`````````````````System Health check`````````````````
Total Fragmentation on Drive C:: 4%
````````````````````End of Log``````````````````````

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Solved Re: axel.dav, full :D drive, high fan speeds

Post by icarectr on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 10:54 am

I might also add that the D disc/recovery partition is completely full with zero bytes free space showing in its "properties". Total fragmentation is 13%, but I cannot run defrag it, as it needs 15% of the space free to run. It advises me to remove some unnecessary files to free up space.

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Solved Re: axel.dav, full :D drive, high fan speeds

Post by icarectr on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 11:01 am

I looked at the folders on D and ALMOST ALL of the full drive's contents are in two folders: PRELOAD and I386.

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Post by icarectr on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 11:14 am

Image of D drive contents: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 8:09 pm

That should be the Recovery drive, right?


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Post by icarectr on Wed 22 Aug 2012, 11:16 pm

Yes, the D drive, or recovery drive/partition. I guess my original colon and letter D got turned into an emoticon.

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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 5:13 am

Now, I'm confused. AXEL.DAV showing up on D:\ drive too?


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Solved Re: axel.dav, full :D drive, high fan speeds

Post by icarectr on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 6:27 am

Sorry if I've confused you.

I've run the four scans you requested and posted the log for Security Check by screen317 for you to see.

You also wanted to know how my machine is running, to which I replied that the fan(s) were still racing high periodically, and I am still getting a pop-up in the notification area about low disc space on the D drive.

Investigating the D drive, I found that it is completely full and has ZERO free space available. Of approximately 8.5 GB of files 7.5 GB of those are taken up by the folders PRELOAD and I386. I had previously posted a mediafire file of the screenshot of the D drive contents. Did you see it?

To reply to your question about axel.dav on the D drive, I don't know if it is (or was) on there. A windows file search of C and D for "axel.dav" just now showed zero results found, so I think that is all gone.

Now all I'm aware of is the full D drive and high fan noise. If I could solve that and be able to run a system recovery I would be happy.

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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 10:23 pm

It is customary for a Recovery partition to be almost full. You have the option of expanding that partition if you like, but it doesn't surprise me that it's almost full.

Do you have a Desktop or Laptop PC?

Probably would be best to clean the fans with canned air.


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Post by icarectr on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 11:38 pm

My machine is a desktop.

You've probably seen the folders on my D drive @:

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. . . and you don't think any of those aren't necessary or supposed to be there and can be deleted?

The pop-up in the notification area tells me that it is TOO full. If all the files in there are necessary and belong there, then what do I do to expand the partition?

As far as the fans go, I thought they were racing due to the full D drive. I never thought that they might just be dirty. If that's the case I'll try the canned air.

My ultimate goal was to do a complete system recovery. Do you see any reason why I can't do that now?







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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 4:30 am

It can be done, yes.

The full D: drive is not a big deal. It's probably just a partition.


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Post by icarectr on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 4:58 am

So, you're saying I can go ahead and try the system resrore now?

I assume returning the machine to the mfg's original settings would clear up the full D drive situation , too?

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Post by icarectr on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 5:01 am

Correction to last post: I said system restore, but I meant system RECOVERY.

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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Sun 26 Aug 2012, 4:57 am

Worth a try. Go ahead. Do you want to try to backup data first? Might want to. Then go ahead and try.


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Post by icarectr on Sun 26 Aug 2012, 5:57 am

Already done a recovery -- successfully I might add. I'm going to try some canned air on those fans -- the only issue left!

I want to thank you most sincerely for all your help, DragonMaster Jay!! I shall bookmark your site in case I ever get into trouble with a PC again.

One question, though. Throughout all of this troubleshooting and posting I've found myself wondering what you get out of running this forum and helping people out with their computer issues? Just curious . . .

Thank you again for all your help. Consider your forum RECOMMENDED!!

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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 6:13 am

For me, I get nothing. Sadly, the administrator takes all profits, in addition to putting some towards the operation of this site.

I run one other site, which I make nothing at right now, not even ad revenue. I also am a staff member of another forum, and I occasionally get donations towards my work.

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